5 Ways to avoid dinner duty (with a bonus 6th tip!)
In collaboration with EatNow
It may sound rather melodramatic but I’d rather do anything else than decide on a meal and cook it every night – I really would. I honestly can’t think of many things more calculated to put me in a foul mood than the daily chore of having to think about what to feed a family with very different tastes as well as dietary requirements.
Don’t get me started on the process of then actually procuring the items needed for the two or three meals that I need to cook for said family. Not to mention the effort of cooking multiple meals and then having to sit through the critiques from the experts in the family. No wonder I’d honestly consider doing anything else to get out of dinner duty…
Which is why I have developed these 5 ways to avoid dinner duty. These strategies have been collected through a lifetime of learning and are guaranteed to get you out of regular cooking duty!
- Outsource (otherwise known as ensure you live with someone else who can cook). This is a very obvious strategy but often easily overlooked. I was lucky enough to marry a man who is a natural in the kitchen – someone who can whip up anything from any old ingredients. And he even likes cooking too (seriously – weird, I know). My tip – when you find one of these people – DO NOT LET THEM GO!
- Martyrdom (otherwise known as always undertaking the clean up). I have fallen into the routine where I will always clean up the kitchen and fill the dishwasher each night which is a good way to get out of cooking. I would honestly rather slave away with a sink-load of dishes than have to come up with an idea for dinner, plus having to cook it, every single night.
- Roleplay (otherwise known as emphasising your incompetence). I believe our respective natural roles in the kitchen are reinforced on those nights I do have to take the lead in the kitchen. My husband is forcibly reminded of my lack of skills which just gives him more reason to take back the reins as soon as possible! Fake it until you make it, my friends…
- Memory fail (otherwise known as forgetting to defrost the meat). There’s nothing worse than forgetting to get the meat out of the freezer for dinner. Or, getting it out but forgetting about it so it becomes a little too thawed. Oops. In these cases, don’t despair you can then make the mutual decision to go out for dinner or order takeaway online.
- Distraction (otherwise known as an unfortunate ‘accident’). There has been the odd occasion where I have started dinner only to drop something fragile and have it shatter all over the floor. After the necessary clean up operation, natural order is usually restored and my husband gets on with making dinner while I ‘supervise.’ Trust me, it works!
And I did promise a bonus 6th tip, didn’t I?
- Come clean (otherwise known as owning up to not wanting to do dinner duty). Don’t even pretend to care about cooking. Instead order pick up or delivery online via EatNow. Having recently tried out their online food ordering service after a particularly trying day, I can totally recommend this as a very real alternative to your dinner duty blues. It might also save your glassware collection AND your beautifully manicured hands (see tips 5 & 2 above).
Giveaway (NOW CLOSED)
EatNow have generously agreed to provide a My Home Truths reader with a $50 voucher so you too can avoid dinner duty! All you need to do is share your best tip for getting out of making dinner.
The best tip (judged on creativity and originality of idea) will be judged the winner. Competition is a game of skill and is only open to Australia residents. Competition ends 6pm AEST Monday 16 March. Winner will be notified by email and here on the blog.
Now you know my secrets, hit me with yours. What lengths would you go to in order to get out of dinner duty?
Disclaimer: I received monetary compensation for this post however all opinions are honest and completely my own. Especially the tips for avoiding making dinner. I hate cooking with a passion!
Sharing my secrets with Jess as part of #IBOT.
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